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Health Science and Recreation Department

Minor - Complementary and Alternative Health Practices

The Complementary and Alternative Health Practices Minor program is designed to provide a strong academic understanding of the theory, practice, and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies. Emphasis is on critical thinking skills and using a scientific evidence-based eye while keeping an open mind. Classes will form the basis for evaluating CAM therapies commonly practiced by U.S. residents.

University Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a minor, at least 12 units of coursework must be completely distinct and separate from the coursework in the major (University Policy S16-4).


Course Requirements

Requirements of the Minor13-15
Required Courses9
HPRF 134. Complementary and Alternative Health Practices3
HS 135. Health Issues in a Multicultural SocietyS3
Complete one course from:
BIOL 054. Human UnderstandingE3
PHIL 111. Medical Ethics3
ANTH 108. Medical Anthropology3
Electives4-6
Choose courses from two different areas. HPRF 180 Individual Studies, may be used for any area depending upon topic studied.
Alternative Medical Systems
ANTH 108. Medical Anthropology3
PHIL 111. Medical Ethics3
Mind/Body Interventions
KIN 069. Stress Management: A Multidisciplinary PerspectiveE3
RELS 122. Magic, Science and ReligionV3
RECL 197. Recreation Therapy in Mental Health3
Biological-Based Therapies
BIOL 054. Human UnderstandingE3
NUFS 104A. Cultural Aspects of Food3
NUFS 105. Current Issues in Nutrition3
Manipulative and Body-Based Methods
KIN 050. Tai Chi (Non-Combative)PE1
KIN 061A. Beginning Hatha YogaPE1

Total Units:13-15

Note: HPRF 180 may be used for any area depending on topic studied.